Managing Your Lotus Notes Mail Database Size
Your Lotus Notes database consists of Mail, Calendar entries and ToDo items. For the purpose of this document, your Notes database will also be referred to as your mail database. Keep in mind that includes not only e-mail, but Calendar entries and ToDo items as well.

Reasons to keep your mail database at a manageable size:
• • • • Improved database performance. Limitation of resources(hardware). Save disk space. Improve backup/recovery.

Ways to Manage the size of your mail database:
 Detach attachments and then delete them from the message, or delete the entire message. • Your mail database should not be used as a file retention system. • See About Attachments below. Routinely delete e-mail that you no longer need. • The Sent folder is a good place to start. By default, all outgoing mail messages from your client get stored here. • Use caution when deleting from the All Documents view. This is a view of all the documents in your database that could also show up in other views and folders. When you delete documents from this view, you delete them from the entire database, regardless of where else they were showing. (The Mail Threads view is similar in nature) • When deleting from your Inbox, All Documents view or any of your personal folders, try sorting by the following columns: • by date to delete any old or unneeded mail at the top of the list. • by size to delete larger mail messages. Messages with attachments will usually be at the top of the list. (see About Attachments below) Do not automatically save sent mail. • Change your sent mail user preference to “Always Prompt.” Choosing this option will prompt you if you want to save a copy of each outgoing mail message. By default, this option is set to “Always keep a copy.” To change the setting, complete the following steps: • • •  Click File > Preferences > User Preferences. Click on Mail.  Under theSending section, for the option to Save mail that you send, click  the drop down arrow and choose Always prompt.

Make it a practice to always do something with incoming mail. • If you don’t need it, delete it. • If you want to save it, then organize it in a personal folder.


you should see that decrease as you delete or archive documents. but don’t need to refer to very often. • Use the Meetings tab from your Calendar. next to Disk space you will find the size of your database. • Checking the Size of your Mail Database • • • • From your Inbox. • Backing up your archive database is important. Archive documents that you want to keep.8/25/2010  Use the ‘Reply without Attachment(s) under the ‘Reply’ and ‘Reply To All ’ buttons. • If you are replying to a message that has an attachment. If you receive an attachment that you need. there is no need to send it back. Remove old Calendar entries. As you delete or archive documents. • Choose the location of where you want to store the attachment. • To save an attachment: • Right click on the attachment and select Save. • See Archiving with Lotus Notes below. In the Size section. • 2 . • Open. to determine if it is something that you need to keep. • View will open the attachment as a separate task on the Task Bar using the Notes File Viewer. • Note: This does not remove the attachment from the message. • Choose the location of where you want to store the attachment. To save and delete an attachment:. will launch the attachment using the application it was developed in. Click in the i tab. We will compact your database each weekend. Recommended steps to perform when receiving a mail message with an attachment: • First right click on the attachment and select View or Open. you will not see the size reduce until we compact your database. or delete the message altogether. • Right click on the attachment and select Save and Delete. if you click the ‘% used’ button. DO NOT click on the ‘Compact’ button. Remove old ToDo items.    About Attachments: Attachments can substantially increase the size of a mail message. provided you have that application available. you should save it to your local drive and delete it from the mail message. • A reference to the attachment will be stored in the message. unless you have made modifications to the attachment. However. Click File > Database > Properties.

Settings 3. In the "Basics" tab. Archive. 3 . Archiving Instructions Of Selected Documents For The Lotus Notes Client First Time Set Up: 1. make sure the radio button for “Notes Client based to” is set to Local. Go to Actions. Open your mail database 2.8/25/2010 Archiving Locally With Lotus Notes Archiving Fundamentals Archiving frees up space and improves database performance by storing old or unused documents in another database that resides on your local machine.

Click the “Enable this criteria” box. In the "Criteria" tab click the "Create…" button. Click OK in the Create Archive Criteria box. 4 . Click on the “Selection Criteria…” button.8/25/2010 4. Set “All documents” to “selected by user” and click OK. In the box for “Descriptive name of these archive criteria” type “Selected Documents”.

8/25/2010 Select No in the Archive box. Do not change this setting. In the "Advanced" tab uncheck the box “Delete a document only when the criteria can delete all responses as well” and check the box "Log all archiving activity into a log application" box. 5 . 5.nsf". Uncheck the "include links to archived documents" box below it. Check that the log archive shows up as "archive\l_flast.

Below is the path and file name of the archive database that is now located on your hard drive: Lotus/Notes/Data/Archive/a_flast. In the “Schedule” tab. Click OK. Backing Up The Archive Database: Each time you archive you should back up the archive database that is located on your hard drive so you do not lose the file. make sure that the “Schedule archiving” box is unchecked.nsf 6 . To Archive: You will now be able to drag documents to the archive folder on the left side bar under Tools. or select the documents and choose Actions->Archive->Selected Documents.8/25/2010 6. should the hard drive crash.

Archive . Notes keeps a log of all document activity. where archive\ is the folder.nsf. You should NOT use the archive database as an additional working database. and "a_" is prepended to the first six letters of the name of the database. Notes: Before you can archive a database. and "l_" is prepended to the first six letters of the name of the database. the archive file is named archive\a_xxxxxx. the archive log file is named archive\l_xxxxxx. then create a new archive database. you need to specify archive settings. By default. a message will appear on the status bar indicating how many documents were archived and how many documents were deleted. By default. Archive databases should not go over 1gb in size. You can see the log by choosing Actions . where archive\ is the folder. You should backup your archive database.nsf.8/25/2010 FYI: Do not back up the log file (l_flast.Open Log. When archiving is finished. If there is more than 1gb of data to store. It is only meant as reference. 7 .nsf) that is located in the same directory.

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